The Dark Divine & Magic Under Glass

Hitting bookshelves everywhere today:

The Dark Divine

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain


Magic Under Glass

Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

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I can’t even bring myself to synopsize either of these books for you because they end up looking like this: “squee!!! !!! !!!” and absolutely incoherent with excitement. Click on the (gorgeous) covers and that will take you to GoodReads where you can read proper jacket copy like normal people. And then descend into the squealing madness that I’m feeling, which I’m about to exacerbate by consuming a large amount of coffee and sugar.

I was going to wait until the mailman could bring my copy, because the wind outside has been howling for about 3 hours now–and throwing things against the side of the apartment building with dramatic crashing noises–but I think I am going to brave the weather and hunt these down today! (…though still hoping husband feels like driving…)


All the steampunky goodness of Soulless, Leviathan, and Candle Man have really raised the subgenre high up on my to-read list.

One of my last purchases before “jumping ship” was Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.


From the cover:

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

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Probably will read this before the week is out, unless The Dark Volume finally hypnotizes me into picking it up and finishing up the Glass Books of the Dream Eaters.

That’s what’s In My Mailbox (part 4 of 48)… What’s in yours?

Rosie & Skate

I often buy books by their cover. I didn’t even need to know what it was about. Let’s hope this isn’t one of those ones I regret.

Rosie and Skate

Rosie & Skate is a debut YA novel by Beth Ann Bauman.

From the jacketflap:
It’s off-season at the Jersey shore, when the boardwalk belongs to the locals. Rosie is 15 and her sister Skate is 16. Their dad, an amiable drunk, is spending a few weeks in jail while their cousin Angie looks after them in their falling-down Victorian on the beach. Skate and her boyfriend Perry are madly in love, inseparable—until now, when Perry goes off to Rutgers. Rosie is shyer than Skate, but she’s drawn to Nick, a boy in their Alateen group. What happens to Rosie and Skate in a few tumultuous weeks is deftly shaded, complex, and true. Readers will be caught up in each girl’s shifting feelings as the story plays out within the embrace of their warmhearted community.

That’s what’s In My Mailbox (part 3 of 48)… What’s in yours?

Bad Girls Don’t Die

At the Beautiful Creatures launch party, a cute little red-haired girl was in front of us in line…

It was Katie Alender, author of Bad Girls Don’t Die!

I went home and put her book on my to-be-read shelf.

Bad Girls Don't Die

From the jacketflap:

Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents’ marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude.

When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

Alexis wants to think that it’s all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening–to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she’s the only person who can stop Kasey — but what if that green-eyed girl isn’t even Kasey anymore?

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I’m devouring this as soon as I breeze through Candle Man tonight. And yes, Katie, this is what I do instead of watching TV (!!!) ^_^

That’s what’s In My Mailbox (part 2 of 48)… What’s in yours?

Candle Man: Book One: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance

As soon as this is posted, I will be curling up in bed with a cup of hot green tea and this lovely little junior steampunk novel:

Candle Man, Book One: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance

Candle Man is written by British comic book illustrator and writer Glenn Dakin.

From the jacketflap:

Murder, mystery, and adventure aren’t your typical birthday presents . . .
But for Theo, anything that breaks up his ordinary routine is the perfect gift.
A mysterious “illness” and Theo’s guardians force him into a life indoors, where gloves must be worn and daily medical treatments are the norm. When Theo discovers a suspicious package on his birthday, one person from the past will unlock the secret behind Theo’s “illness” and change his life forever.
Molded into an exhilarating steampunk adventure that gives birth to the next great fantasy hero, Theo Wickland, Candle Man: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance is the first book in a trilogy by debut author Glenn Dakin.

Thanks to Kristen for spotting it first and spreading the word.

That’s what’s In My Mailbox (part 1 of 48)… What’s in yours?

Beautiful Creatures, why you should keep two copies of a few books, and some silly questions

Photos will have to wait because I forgot to charge the camera battery before today.

But (*squee!*) I got to meet Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia, the authors of the new YA fantasy novel Beautiful Creatures.

Their launch party was held in the teeny tiny Diesel Books (support thy independent bookstore! – my shopping list follows) at the Brentwood Country Mart.

First of all, thanks to Jane and Alfonso for giving us a ride to Santa Monica–it’s not that I forgot about the signing, but that I had absolutely given up hope of doing anything other than working ridiculous holiday hours for the next month. Thanks for reminding me to have a life and eat some Popeye’s fried chicken.

Next of all, thanks to Margaret and Kami for writing such a fantastic book!

Third of all, thanks to Kristen @ Bookworming in the 21st Century for the ARC. (Although I do also have a hardcover, and an audiobook version… hrm. I may have to splurge for the eBook too, so I can have it with me at all times without fear of scuffing up the jacket.)

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Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures is exactly what I aspire to be as a human being: pretty, funny, and smart all in one package. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl have written a seamless and utterly absorbing tale of a cursed romance: a Mortal boy who falls for a Caster girl in a small Southern town. Meaningful thoughts about love, loyalty, and prejudice unfold from this intricately parsed novel: those who love books will delight in the literary references, those who love love will swoon over the star-crossed couple, and those who love good writing will greedily devour every carefully chosen word.

Better yet, get the print version and the audio, both. The music and sound effects (particularly for the dream sequences) in the audiobook version add yet another dimension to the Gothic atmosphere the authors have built.

Another book for the loaner shelf*.

*You will need two copies of certain books–one to loan out to friends until they get hooked and become convinced that they also need to go out and buy a copy (or two) and one to have handy in the middle of the night so that when you get the hankering to pick up and read a certain passage (or 576 pages), it’s there. Believe me, after the number of times (7) that the Poison Study and Twilight series caused me the distress of not having a copy to read when the book-hunger struck at 1 am (because some “friend” or other borrowed my book) taught me, there are books for which you need to keep a loaner copy. BCis one of them.

**I was asked recently why my reviews are so short. I have a long chain of reasons. 1) I’m very busy. 2) I’m very tired. 3) I’m kind of lazy. 4) I don’t want to give anything away–if you asked me in person, I would probably tell you too much. With blogging I can edit myself and stop before I’ve told you who wins and whether the dog lives or dies. 5) You can find the synopsis anywhere, so why waste time copy-pasting it? (See #3, above.) 6) I’d rather be reading.

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Also at the launch party: Pseudonymous Bosch, suspiciously without any kind of disguise (I wish I’d known–years ago I had him sign my copy of The Name of This Book Is Secret, but my other two volumes are conspicuously missing signatures!)

and, freshly ordered from, Katie Alender, author of Bad Girls Don’t Die. (Quick! Add this to your TBR on GoodReads.) Hurry up, mailman! I need this book, stat!

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Is Beautiful Creatures the Next Twilight?

I agree with TeamBella76–it’s not the next Twilight. It’s the first Beautiful Creatures. According to the article, the first of five (*squee!* sorry…), and I hope no Patrick-Rothfuss-like delays result in the next four years. I just pray that unlike most book-to-film adaptations, no one screws it up. (Amen.)

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So, it’s a year until the release of the as-yet-un-named sequel to BC. What to read in the meantime? And where to buy it?

The Poisons of Caux: The Hollow Bettle (Book I)

Candle Man, Book One: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance

Toby Alone

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Missed Margaret and Kami at their launch party? It’s all good! You have many more chances to meet them. They’ll be at Borders in Northridge, CA at 7 pm on Thursday, Dec. 3. (Ooh! I’m off that night… wonder if they would take kindly to being gently stalked…)

Turkey Day Splurge (Future IMM)

Bookstores closed? is never closed!

I meant to buy this:


and ended up with this:

Avatars, Book One: So This Is How It Ends (Avatars)




A Brief History of Montmaray

and found out that Sony eBookstore also had this:


(which I could never justify buying unless it’s brilliant, because it’s so short, so I’m probably just going to borrow it)

and this:

Tall Stones

for just a few bucks, which I might get.

But first, empty bellies must be fed!

Husband made the meal this year–pot roast and chocolate chip cookies. Thanks for my husband who can cook 4 things really well, for my family who doesn’t suck, for books and booklovers of all shapes and sizes, for my coworkers who are the only reason I bother showing up to work any more (even though sometimes they are the reason I don’t want to show up, thanks anyway).

What are you thankful for?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (3)

Huh, this seems to be the only kind of post I have time for right now! Ah, working in retail.

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Books I finished this week:

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
The Maze Runner by James Dashner: Eh. I liked it, will read the next, but it’s no Hunger Games.

Books I am currently reading/listening to:

Push: A Novel

I am re-reading Push by Sapphire. It’s as gritty and beautiful as I remember. I read it a while back when I was fresh out of high school. I found that while fluffy stuff like Sloppy Firsts no longer appeals to me after 15 years, meaningful things like Push (the basis for the movie Precious) really stay with me. When I’m done I think I’ll re-read another old favorite, like Kindred by Octavia Butler or Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I don’t actually own copies of those anymore (my cousin Jerome in the Philippines has them, I think), so will have to re-buy.

I’m also reading Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. I love this guest post he wrote on Joe Scalzi’s blog.

Books I haven’t started yet, but recently acquired:


The Boy Detective Fails (Punk Planet Books)

Rasl Volume 1: The Drift

Bone Rose (Bone (Prebound))

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Director's Cut

Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors

Fables: Legends in Exile (Volume 1)

Y: The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes + through Vol. 5

What can I say, the husband is on a huge graphic novel kick and I promised to read them all, too.

Also acquired from David Y at last night’s YABC meeting:

Death Note, Volume 3: Hard Run + through Vol. 9

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Let’s just hope I get some reading done this week.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (2)

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Books I finished this week:

Lament: The Faerie Queen's DeceptionBallad: The Gathering of Faerie

So, after about 2 weeks of not-reading and utter job depression, I finally picked up Ballad: The Gathering of Faerie and finished it off. It rocked even harder than Lament, mostly because the main protagonist is none other than James, bagpiper extraordinaire. Of the long laundry list of faerie books I’ve read in the last year, this is the only series I’ve actually enjoyed–this, and Juliet Marillier’s Wildwood Dancing.

Death Note, Volume 1: BoredomDeath Note, Volume 2: Confluence

I also read Death Note, Volume 1: Boredom and Death Note, Volume 2: Confluence, for YABC. I bought those two, but instead of buying all the rest of the manga, although I really want them, to save money and be simultaneously entertained the husband and I are watching the anime, which is *so* much better than reading it. They did a bang-up job on the North-American voice acting so it’s extremely watchable in English.

Books I started this week:

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

I picked up James Dashner’s The Maze Runner in ARC form a couple of weeks ago, and while it has my attention it’s also giving me the same annoying *give me some answers, dammit!* feeling that you get from watching the first 3 seasons of Lost.

Books I haven’t started yet, but recently acquired:

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

Louisa May Alcott has a new biography out in hardcover. I snapped that one up right away!

Wolf Hall: A Novel

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel is one I snoozed on–and thus missed getting a first edition, first printing, sigh. I think this is the 3rd printing already… well, I hope it’s that good!

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

Downloaded the new Malcolm Gladwell, What the Dog Saw, from I usually wait until car rides with the husband to listen to things like this, as we both enjoy them, but with my crazy schedule lately we may have to listen separately and discuss later.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (1)

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This week I finished Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney.

I just started Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater and The Big Burn by Timothy Egan.

I started, then for whatever reason (i.e. laziness) put down Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard, Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, and St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell–all great books, but I just had to put them down and read something easier, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, because my brain has recently been threatening to make an unrecoverable error and lose all saved data. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a backup system on my brain. Wish I did.

Books I plan to start this week if my brain doesn’t crash and burn include The Unseen by Alexandra Sokoloff, The Keeper by Sarah Langan [on eBook] (I guess you can call it mood-reading for Halloween), and Days of Little Texas by R. A. Nelson.

What are you reading?